Pete Davidson And Ariana Grande Both Speak Out Against Bullying

by Thea Glassman
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Pete Davidson shared some honest thoughts about mental health and online bullying

So, for a little while Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson were engaged. Then they broke up. End of story, right? Not quite. Apparently some of Grande’s fans have been ruthlessly bullying Davidson for nearly a year and the comedian has finally decided to open up about the pain it’s causing him.

Davidson took to Instagram to share his experiences with this onslaught of cruelty. “I’ve kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything,” he wrote. “…I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months.”

He went on to reiterate that he has a mental health disorder but he won’t let strangers weaponize his struggles.

“I’ve spoken about BPD [borderline personality disorder] and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth,” Davidson wrote. “…No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”

It’s truly, truly baffling and maddening that people have nothing better to do with their time than torment a complete stranger. There has to be about one million and one better, more proactive, and kinder ways to spend your days than bullying a comedian, who you don’t know, over a his relationship with a singer, who you also don’t know.

Grande stepped in and posted an Instagram story defending Davidson and asking her fans to show more kindness.

“I know u already know this but i feel i need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others,” she wrote. “I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. I care deeply about pete and his health.”

Image via Instagram/Ariana Grande

She added that she’s made her own mistakes with being “reactive” on the internet but noted that nobody will ever truly understand a person’s life and struggles just by seeing their persona on social media.

“Please let whatever point you’re trying to make go,” Grande concluded. “I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point.”

Speaking as someone who has watched the music video for “Thank U, Next” roughly fifteen times, it’s abundantly clear that Grande has kind, warm feelings for Davidson and the rest of her ex-boyfriends (and even if she didn’t that STILL doesn’t mean online bullying is okay). Here’s a little refresher:

Hopefully this solves all of this gross backlash from fans. Thank u, next on bullying.

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